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Monday, April 9, 2012

A Human Element by Donna Galanti

A Human Element by Donna Galanti
Published By: Echelon Press
Release Date: March 7, 2012
Format: Paperback - 310 pages / Kindle - 2141 KB / Nook - 4 MB
ISBN: 1590808762
Genre: Paranormal Suspense, Mystery, Romance Thriller /Paranormal Fiction

About The Author: 

Donna Galanti is the author of the dark paranormal suspense novel A Human Element (Echelon Press). She won first place for Words on the Wall Fiction at the 2011 Philadelphia Writer's Conference. Donna has a B.A. in English and a background in marketing. She is a member of International Thriller Writers, The Greater Lehigh Valley Writer's Group and Pennwriters. She lives with her family in an old farmhouse in PA with lots of nooks, fireplaces, and stinkbugs.

Donna Galanti's A Human Element Virtual Book Tour Page

BUY THE BOOK: A Human Element

Disclaimer: Upon the request of the author, a PDF version of the book was sent, at no cost to me, for my honest review and participation in the virtual book tour event.

Virtual Book Tour Event: On Monday, April 9, 2012, author Donna Galanti participated in a virtual book tour event with an Author Guest Post and Book Contest Giveaway on Jersey Girl Book Reviews.

Book Contest Giveaway: A Human Element

Win one (1) paperback copy of A Human Element by Donna Galanti during her virtual book tour from March 19 - April 11, 2012.

Click on the Book Contest Giveaway Page link below and post a comment to enter the contest.

A Human Element Virtual Book Tour:

Click on the link below to see the full tour schedule! Guest posts, author interviews, book giveaways, and a chance to win the big prize giveaway!

Book Description: 

One by one, Laura Armstrong's friends and adoptive family members are being murdered, and despite her special healing powers, there is nothing she can do to stop it. The killer haunts her dreams and leaves cryptic notes advising her to use her powers to save herself because she's next.

Determined to find the killer, she follows her visions to her hometown and the site of a crashed meteorite. There she meets Ben Fieldstone, who seeks answers about his parents' death the night the meteorite struck. In a race to stop a mad man, they unravel a frightening mystery that binds them together.

But the killer's desire to destroy Laura face-to-face leads to a showdown that puts her relationship with Ben in jeopardy and her pure spirit to the test. With the killer closing in, Laura discovers her destiny is linked to the stranger and she has two choices - redeem him or kill him.

My Book Review:

In the summer of 1979, in the Catskills Mountains of New York, a meteorite crashed into a lakeside community of cabins and forever changed the life of nine-year-old Ben Fieldstone. In May of 1980, a runaway girl gives birth to twins: a deformed boy, who was given to a mysterious man in black with bright green eyes; and a normal girl, who is adopted to a childless farm couple, and is named Laura Armstrong. But Laura isn't your average normal little girl, she has special powers: she can read people's thoughts and heal people through utilizing visualization and the touch of her hands. Through the years, both Ben and Laura are watched over by the mysterious man in black with the bright green eyes ... who is he, and what does he want from them? Ben and Laura's lives unknowingly intertwine and eventually they meet, but with a killer on the prowl, named X-10, who makes Laura his top prey, Laura must decide how to use her powers when she comes face-to-face with the killer. Can their relationship survive or will their destiny have an untimely and fatal end?

A Human Element is a fast-paced paranormal suspense thriller that will keep you engrossed as you turn the pages. The storyline is well written and full of intriguing and suspenseful twists and turns; the author masterfully interweaves a plot with paranormal, sci-fi, murder mystery and romance themes. The characters are realistic, their complex individual personalities and stories add a powerful and compelling depth to the story. I found both Laura's and Ben's stories intriguing, the author does a great job of intertwining their lives and developing their relationship. The settings are cleverly described, the author utilizes such beautiful settings as the Catskill Mountains and Hawaii, mixed with sci-fi / paranormal happenings that I found fascinating.

I generally do not read paranormal, sci-fi, or fantasy novels, but A Human Element peaked my interest with the interweaving of the paranormal - suspense thriller - romance themes, and I found myself pulled into Laura and Ben's story, I couldn't help but want to go on their journey with them.

A Human Element is a story that will immediately grab your attention, and it won't let go until the very end!  It is a story that will have the reader pondering about supernatural powers and the evil forces of humanity, this suspenseful tale will stay with you long after you have read the last word. Bravo to the author on her debut novel, I look forward to reading more of her novels.



  1. Kathleen, thank you so much for taking the time to read and review A Human Element!

  2. Thank you Donna for the opportunity to read and review A Human Element. :)

  3. I'd love chance to win paperback form, I just bought nook one, but like actual books.